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I’ve decided to pursue a relationship with a special man,” she wrote. Did the “special man” know his girlfriend had cosied up to someone else just days before they became the new Bogie and Bacall?

In his inaugural post Rory recounts his first online dating encounter, after his newspaper editor asked him to write a first-hand account about using a dating site. I’ll get to that shortly, but first some observations. But honestly, some people don’t do themselves any favours. We had a couple of glasses of wine, and the conversation came easily.

The first time I dipped a toe in online dating waters, it got bitten off. I know plenty of people who’ve found a mate through online dating and they couldn’t be happier. I arranged to have my first date with a woman named… She was better looking than her photos suggested, which surprised me because I assumed everyone put up pictures of themselves as fit teenagers despite looking like shop-worn frumps in real life; like I did.

He shares his often-hillarious experiences with us in a new fortnightly series.

He is the father of three teenage sons and the four of them are forever giving each appalling dating advice.

About Rory Rory Gibson is a writer who lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

At least, that’s what happened when a 26-year-old man from Winterton agreed to meet a 30-year-old woman from Carbonear early Tuesday morning on what would be their first date.The couple drove to a park moments after he picked her up and that’s when things took a turn for the worse.There is no stigma attached to online dating anymore. for whatever reason, people are out there in what is essentially a cyber pick-up joint that doesn’t have any of the drawbacks of real pick-up joints, like drinks that require a mortgage payment to buy, door nazis who won’t let you in because your shoes aren’t mauve enough, ear-splitting music that prevents potential dates from hearing your name let alone your best pick-up lines, and not enough toilets. Given the opportunity to talk about themselves in their dating profiles, too many lonely hearts decide that is the time to unleash their inner novelist. They either sound like they are vying for the Miss Universe crown, or can’t make up their minds. She told me some hilarious war stories about her online dating experiences. Even though I was doing it for the purposes of gathering anecdotes for the piece I had been asked to write, and had told Jezebel as much, I was single and found myself thinking of it as a real date. Everyone is doing it: some people are lonely, some busy, many just curious . They love slobbing at home – or going out partying. At some point while we were talking I had the thought, “I could go out with this woman. She couldn’t have met the love of her life in that short window. “I hope you find what you’re looking for.” “Special man”? She failed to mention a special man three days ago. Soon though, my feelings of outrage morphed into mirth as I realised how foolish I was to feel angst over someone I had met once and had never intended pursuing.

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